As Covid-19 spreads through Los Angeles County and the rest of the United States, many people right now are experiencing fear and stress to varying degrees. Some are afraid of the virus itself, and others are more afraid of what will happen to the economy if we continue on lockdown much longer. Some are concerned they may lose their job or business or are worried about how they are going to care for their family because they are now on unemployment. Some are concerned that their kids are going to fall behind in school while home or that they aren’t going to be able to help their kids succeed during this time. Some are crazy stressed out as they try to balance working from home with taking care of their kids and staying safe and checking in on loved ones from afar. We understand the concern on all accounts!
We want to encourage you during this scary time to find ways to ground or center yourself so that the worry and fear and stress do not engulf you or paralyze you.
Here are some ideas that may help you center yourself when you’re feeling overwhelmed:
Praying and/or meditating
Taking a few minutes to breathe in slowly and breathe out even slower
Standing or sitting barefoot on the grass or dirt
Drinking a glass of water or a cup of hot tea
Doing some yoga or stretching
Reading a good book
Taking a brisk walk while listening to your favorite playlist or podcast
Keeping track of blessings or things that bring you joy throughout the day
Calling or texting a friend
Coloring or drawing or painting
Playing a musical instrument
Looking at the stars at night
Laughing at something funny or smiling at something beautiful
Also, if you need help or someone to talk to, please reach out to someone you trust. Reach out to us, a friend or family member, a neighbor, a church or caring organization, a counselor, or a hotline. We’re in this together!